The musical tour guide with Killian Sawn, DJ on Wasteland Event.
Killian Sawn - Musican, producer and DJ. He creates a mix of seductive and sexy tracks for an exclusive audience of Wasteland - the biggest fetish event in Europe. As one of the artists of this highly anticipated event, Killian Sawn was playing in the second room on Saturday 4th of April at Nortsea Venue in Zaandam.
I had this opportunity to ask Killian few question about his work.
Malvina N: What are currently your main challenges as a DJ?
Killian Sawn: My main challenge as a DJ is that everyone knows my artist name but not my face. Want my music to do the talk! I see myself as a musical tour guide taking the audience with me on my journeys. Every moment is like none before, so every set needs a special treatment. I create customized guides for the people (especially for those who don’t know my sound yet) and guide them all the way to the end.
MN: What is it about DJ’ing, compared to, say, producing your own music, that makes it interesting for you?
KS: These days as a DJ you have to produce tracks to get noticed and get your name abroad. In times of DJ'ing, you’re able to check how people react to your own music: the proof of the pudding is the eating.
MN: What do you usually start with when preparing for a set?
KS: My taste in music is wide. Back in the days, I used to play drum & bass and a lot of UKG. I will be opening for the upcoming Wasteland with slow music, a combination of different sounds and so build the musical journey for the audience.
MN: Are there any particular tracks or labels that you really liked when starting out?
KS: I respect labels who dare to walk where others don’t. That's why I co-founded our record label Cookie Deaux Music.
MN: When did you begin producing your own music?
KS: After years of playing as a DJ in 2013, I decided to spend my time in the studio and craft my own sound.
MN: Who is your biggest inspiration? / Who do you have a lot of respect for?
KS: I’m inspired by those who never give up their dreams and vision to reach their goal. Hard work pays off one way or another.
MN: What single night out has been the most memorable for you? As a DJ? Or as an attendee?
KS: The first time Wasteland, which wasn’t an ordinary party or an event. A second to none experience, a night to remember.
MN: What is one mistake you see a lot of up and coming DJs making? / What advice would you give to aspiring DJs?
KS: When you’re coming up there are some skills you need to make your own before showcasing the tricks you’ve got up your sleeves. The hardest and most important part is opening the night, that sets the tone of the event. You can’t play all the bangers when you need to open because you have to deliver the tempo for the DJ coming up after you.
MN: If you could eternally be stuck in a year's music scene, which year would it be?
KS: If I can be stuck in a music year it will be 1999 when the house sound evolved and DJ's played with vinyl and they were creating their own styles. Where raves were illegal and the underground scene was the definition of underground.
MN: What is it that you love about the scene? Your subgenre's scene?
KS: What I love about the sub-genre scene is that you see the sound Bass-line more and more in different scenes.
The evolution of music, in general, is an ongoing process. People in the industry keep creating new sounds each and every day, but you never know when people are able to adapt it.
MN: Do you think this has hurt exclusivity of having a certain sound?
KS: The underground sound is flirting with the mainstream and get recognized so people are able to make it their own.
MN: DJ's ability to have a "unique" style? Is having your own style separate from all the other DJs out there even important in modern DJ’ing?
KS: Know your audience and see what's happening when playing live. Watching is the key. Searching for balance when it comes to delivery and the reaction of the audience. Like building a relationship, you’re not doing that on your own but together with your audience.
MN: What is one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you hear it?
KS: "PHOTEK - MIND TO GIVE"
MN: Why performing on Wasteland?
KS: Because it's the wildest party on earth!